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Crowds At Trump Impeachment March Are 50 Times Larger Than For His Inauguration

One year to the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States, the historic crowds that he so desperately craved did show …

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Trump is tearing up fracking rules on federal lands. Be alarmed.

THE TRUMP administration announced late last month that it was tearing up rules on hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — on federal lands. The change satisfies drillers who have long opposed federal regulations on the controversial oil and gas extraction process. But it should alarm …

Fracking

Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law

Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report.<p>Koch and his brother …

Fascism

SNL’s Weekend Update Celebrates American ‘Hero’ Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels storms ‘Saturday Night Live.’<p>The government is shut down, but “Weekend Update” is open for business.<p>This week, <i>SNL’</i>s Colin Jost and …

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China’s breathtaking transformation into a scientific superpower

The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial “Science & Engineering Indicators,” a voluminous document describing the state of American technology. There are facts and figures on research and development, innovation and engineers. But the report’s …

China

Watch the S.N.L. Trump Sketch That Broke the Premise of S.N.L.

Jessica Chastain, Kate McKinnon, and the rest abandoned their characters.<p>Midway through the <b>Jessica Chastain</b>-hosted episode of <i>S.N.L.</i> the actress came out in character and wig as a fictional game show host named Veronica Elders. “Veronica” posed questions about the many outrageous misdeeds—both real …

Jessica Chastain

Trump White House comically attempts to distance itself from incendiary ad by Trump campaign

The ad literally concludes "I'm Donald Trump and I approve this message."<p>On Saturday, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign aired an incendiary, …

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For Trump, this time bankruptcy won't get him out of a mess

<b>(CNN) —</b> "When the going gets tough, the tough get going," the saying goes. But in Donald Trump's case, that expression could be amended to: "When the going gets tough, Trump files for bankruptcy" -- at least with respect to his ventures that hit especially hard times.<p>So, given that history, is …

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China vows action after US warship sails near South China Sea island

Beijing claims passage of destroyer USS Hopper in disputed water violates sovereignty but Pentagon says operations are routine<p>China has vowed to take “necessary measures” to protect its sovereignty after a US navy destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea this …

South China Sea

Fire At Russia's Vladivostok Submarine Base Sure Doesn't Look Like An "Exercise"

Lighting your own sub on fire, or setting a fire right next to one, seems like a pretty stupid, if not unbelievable way to execute a drill.<p>Twitter …

War

Sen. Tammy Duckworth blasts Trump as 'draft dodger'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who lost both of her legs during an explosion in Iraq while serving in the US Army, blasted President Donald Trump as a "five-deferment draft dodger" during her remarks on the Senate floor Saturday.<p>"I spent my entire adult life looking …

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Iraq to hang German woman for belonging to 'Islamic State'

An Iraqi court has condemned a German woman to death after she was found guilty of belonging to the jihadist group. She admitted traveling to Syria …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Cory Booker just got pulled over for being a senator while black

Rude? A black senator decrying racism to a Cabinet member who says she can't recall whether Trump called an entire continent a 's---hole'? Please.<p>The legacy of Barack Obama is secure. It was never the Affordable Care Act. It was Barack Obama. Sen. Cory Booker proved that last week in a Senate …

Cory Booker

Trust Is Collapsing in America

When truth itself feels uncertain, how can a democracy be sustained?<p>“In God We Trust,” goes the motto of the United States. In God, and apparently little else.<p>Only a third of Americans now trust their government “to do what is right”—a decline of 14 percentage points from last year, according to a …

Foreign Policy

Trump’s new tax plan might just make your new car more costly

Changes to the federal tax code means buyers of new cars may have to pony up as much as $7,000 in additional taxes, auto experts warn.<p>Experts are still trying to digest the full impact of the new law, but some of the changes will clearly impact car buyers. How much could depend on what they buy, …

Mercedes-Benz

Omarosa Has Reportedly Met with Harvey Weinstein’s Former Lawyer Amid Speculation She Taped White House Conversations

Heads-up, Robert Mueller.<p>Last month, the White House announced that <b>Omarosa Manigault Newman</b> had resigned from her position as assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. For as long as the title was, her time in the White House was apparently largely …

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It looks like Jeff Sessions is taking Trump's cues to clean house at the FBI

• <b>Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing FBI director Christopher Wray to replace deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and former FBI general counsel James Baker.</b>• <b><br>President Donald Trump has accused McCabe of putting his thumb on the scale of the FBI's investigation into Trump's 2016 rival, former</b> …

Government

This is how democracies die

Defending our constitution requires more than outrage<p>Blatant dictatorship – in the form of fascism, communism, or military rule – has disappeared across much of the world. Military coups and other violent seizures of power are rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die, but …

Democracy

Bank of America has found the formula for a market meltdown — and we're dangerously close

• <b>Bank of America Merrill Lynch has identified a series of thresholds that need to be breached in order for the market to see a correction.</b>• <b><br>The indicators in question include GDP, wage inflation, 10-year Treasury yields, and the S&P 500 equity index.</b>• <b><br>BAML has repeatedly warned against investor</b> …

Economy

This One Trick Will Make Your Pasta So Much Better

And it doesn’t require any extra time.<p>There are few dishes as satisfying as a steaming plate of pasta, especially when it’s enjoyed at the end of a …

Recipes

'The only ones who lost'

<b>Mosul, Iraq (CNN) —</b> The crew gently digs around the dark, matted hair protruding from the rubble. As they pull away bits of debris, the stench of rotting flesh grows more pungent.<p>"It's a girl," one of the recovery workers says, "and she has a stuffed animal with her."<p>Their painstaking work gives …

Islamic State (ISIS)

White House’s “Trump working” pictures get laughs on social media

The Trump administration’s photographic efforts leave much to be desired.<p>As the US federal government shutdown enters its second day on Sunday, Republicans and Democrats remain at an impasse on striking a deal to fund the government. On Saturday, the White House released a handful of images of the …

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The case for taking the Trump-Stormy Daniels saga seriously

Imagine for a second that Donald Trump isn't president. Imagine it's former senator John Doe from Nebraska. Imagine that the Wall Street Journal reported that, on the eve of the 2016 election, Doe's longtime personal lawyer paid a porn star $130,000 to not talk about an alleged affair, using a …

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's risky gamble could quickly turn sour

Turkish president defies Russia, the US and Bashar al-Assad with assault on Kurds in Syria<p>Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Kurdish vendetta has taken a dramatic new twist with the cross-border ground assault on the Afrin enclave in north-west Syria.<p>Defying Russia, the US, and Bashar al-Assad’s regime, …

Syria

Team Trump Bypassed DHS Analysts to Produce Bogus Terror Report

The Trump administration was clear: ‘An analysis conducted by DHS’ concluded that 73% of terrorists were ‘foreign-born.’ Except DHS analysts had …

Immigration

Trump tells Senate GOP to go nuclear

President Donald Trump began the second day of the government shutdown imploring Senate Republicans to invoke the so-called nuclear option, having the chamber vote on all legislation on a majority basis.<p>"If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long …

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There are 3 distinct types of narcissists — here's how to spot them

• <b>Narcissistic personality disorder is one diagnosis, but there are three distinct types of narcissists.</b>• <b><br>People with the disorder are categorized based on how they act and treat others.</b>• <b><br>Some experts say that identifying a person's type of narcissism can make relationships with them possible, but others</b> …

Personality

Democratic House Intel member alleges 'plenty of evidence to suggest' Trump Organization money laundering

<b>(CNN) —</b> California Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, is making the accusation that past Trump Organization real estate deals show evidence of money laundering.<p>"I think there is plenty of evidence to suggest that there has been money laundering going on in …

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